Lengola

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Alternate Names
Kilengola, Lengora
Population

100,000 (1998).

Location

Orientale Province, Ubundu territory; Maniema Province, Lubutu and Punia territories, Lualaba river, mostly west side, in a triangle between Opienge, Lowa, and a point called ‘Km 100’ on Kisangani-Lubutu road.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

2 dialects which differ in pronunciation. Lexical similarity: 40% with Enya [gey] and Mituku [zmq]; 35%–40% with Budu [buu] and Komo [kmw]; 30%–35% with Lega-Shabunda [lea], Lega-Mwenga [lgm], and Zimba [zmb]; 25%–30% with Bembe [bmb], Buyu [byi], and Bali [bcp].

Language Use

Some also use Congo Swahili [swc] or Komo [kmw].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.